Simpson, Joseph

(1879 – 1939)

Frank Brangwyn (facing left with brushes) 1931

Signed and numbered in pencil 59 of 75


Ref: Granville Fell 73



Private Collection

According to Michael Campbell this was the thrid and finest etched portrait which Joseph Simpson made of his fellow artist and mentor Sir Frank Brangwyn. This plate was chosen to illustrate the leading article and catalogues on the etched works of Joseph Simpson in Print Collector’s Quarterly, vol.19, no.3, July 1932, p.232..

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Simpson, Joseph

1879 – 1939

Painter, illustrator and printmaker who was born and educated in Carlisle and who studied at the Glasgow School of Art, before moving to London in 1905.

He in initially designed posters and was soon befriended and encouraged by Frank Brangwyn.

Simpson exhibited at the Baillie Gallery, Brook Street Art Gallery, Fitzwilliam Museum, GI, ISSPG, Walker Art Gallery, Leicester Galleries, London Salon, RBA who elected him a member in 1908, RSA and RSW.

He was an Official War Artist with the RAF in World War I.

Works by Simpson are in the collections of the Ashmolean Museum, Hunterian, IWM, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.

The Etched Work of Joseph Simpson by H. Granville Fell. Published by J.M. Dent and Sons, London, 1932

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Joseph Simpson
Portrait of Frank Brangwyn at Work